Keep these tips in mind when you're shopping around for braces.

1. Look for Experience in Treating Patients with Special Needs

Your number one priority should be finding a dentist who has a history of providing orthodontics for special needs patients. If they have experience, they'll be much more aware of the unique requirements for kids with special needs and how to cater to them. This means that during your consultation and treatment, everything will be much easier and more comfortable for you and your child.

2. Ask What Specialized Qualifications and Training They Have

The right orthodontist should have completed a specialized course in treating children with special needs. This proves that they have the necessary skills to provide what you're looking for. Most dentists will display their certificates proudly on the wall at their clinic, but you can also see them listed on their websites. Be sure to look for them at each clinic you visit. If you don't see any, you can always ask them yourself.

3. Choose Someone with a Range of Treatment Options

Traditional braces aren't suitable for every patient. That's why a good orthodontist should offer a range of different treatments. For children with special needs, a variety of treatments is crucial. This is because they can have very specific requirements. For example, patients with cerebral palsy may find standard braces uncomfortable. The wires and brackets can be a distraction, which can cause anxiety. Some patients have been known to dig or tug at them in an attempt to remove them. In these cases, clear aligners are a much more suitable option. They are much less invasive and simply fit over the teeth without the need for painful wires. They can also be removed when eating and brushing, which means it's much easier to maintain an oral hygiene routine. For patients with downs syndrome, aligners like these may not be suitable. This is because their cases tend to be more complicated. Their specific dental problems are usually best treated with traditional braces.

4. Have In-Depth Consultations

A good orthodontist will provide an in-depth consultation, during which they can learn about the individual needs of your child They should then guide you through all of the treatment options they provide, advising you on the best plan of action. In doing so, they'll explain how each one will affect the routines of both the patient and the caregiver. This means you'll be well-equipped to make a decision you can be confident in. Once you're able to do that, they'll talk you through the treatment plan you can expect to go through, what it will involve, and how much it will cost. During the course of the treatment, extra care will have to be taken to maintain oral hygiene. They'll walk you through the steps you'll have to take in order to do that. If an orthodontist doesn't provide enough detail or attention during your consultation, it won't bode well for your child's treatment. In this case, it's best to look elsewhere.

5. Read the Reviews

Find out what kind of experience previous clients have had. A great orthodontist will have a track record of providing great service to patients, and their online reviews should reflect that. Any negative ones will let you know which clinics to steer clear of, so you can save your time by crossing them off your list.

6. Ask Other Parents

If you can't find enough information on reviews and testimonial sites, check out some online forums for other parents of children with special needs. These sites and online communities can be excellent resources for support and advice. If you post a question, you're likely to find someone who's already had orthodontic treatment for their child. They might be able to recommend a clinic for you to try out or give you some tips on how to find an orthodontist you can trust.

7. Browse Before and After Pictures

To get an idea of how an orthodontist can change your child's smile, look at the before and after gallery on their website. This will show you what kind of cases they're used to treating and what results they can achieve. If possible, look for before pictures that are similar to your child's case.

8. Look for a Personalized Service

Every patient is different, not only in their dental requirements but in their personalities, too. Look for an orthodontist who caters to the individual needs, anxieties, and fears that your child has. That way, every visit will be as smooth as possible.

Meet True Orthodontics

At True Orthodontics, we're dedicated to providing excellent service to all our patients. We understand that children with special needs require extra care when they visit the dentist. You can be confident that your child will be treated with the respect and compassion they deserve, so they can feel at ease in the dentist's chair. Read more about Dr. Lupini to find out why he's a great orthodontist for kids with special needs